Brasserie Ruhlmann
Brasserie Ruhlmann

Brasserie Ruhlmann

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brasserieruhlmann.com/
  • Phone: 2129742020
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday through Saturday 11:30am to 5:00pm / Dinner: Monday through Saturday 5:00pm to 10:00pm / Brunch: Sunday 11:30am to 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Laurent Tourondel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Brasserie Ruhlmann offers two Private Dining facilities, the first of which accommodates up to 40 guests for a seated dinner or 60 for a cocktail reception. Our larger Private Dining Room accommodates 85 guests for a seated dinner or 120 for a cocktail reception. Our Main Dining Room can accommodate 180 people for a seated reception and 300 people for cocktails. We offer a full service bar, featuring an extensive wine list showcasing over 120 wines, 18 of which are offered by the glass.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Weidman 212-974-2020

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 50th street, between 5th and 6th Ave.
  • Public Transit: F-D-B-M to Rockefeller Center
    6 to 51 St & Lexington Ave. Walk south to 50th St. Walk west towards 5th Ave.
    1 to 50th St and Broadway. Walk east towards 5th Ave.
    N-R subway line to 49 St. and 7th Ave. Walk north to 50th St. Walk east towards 5th Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. The garage closest to Brasserie Ruhlmann is Icon Parking, located on 48th St. between 5th Ave and 6th Ave. Unfortunately, we do not validate parking.
A word from Brasserie Ruhlmann
Awarded Trip Advisor's 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Voted Best Outdoor Dining by AOL CityGuide. Reservation are for indoor only

Enjoy the casual elegance of this French brasserie, centrally located in New York’s Rockefeller Center. It’s a prime location for business lunches, relaxed dinners, holiday celebrations, theater go-ers and private events. Spring through Fall our large terrace is an ideal place to gather for dining and cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench American
Brasserie Ruhlmann reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (66)great for lunch (39)scenic view (24)romantic (23)neighborhood gem (20)special occasion (19)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (15)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (10)hot spot (7)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • On the Go in NYC
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a busy day in NYC planned for our grand kids and our last sightseeing stop was the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. So we decided to have dinner near there and then move on to the train station and home. Ruhlmann was directly across the street with out door dining. The food was excellent and a good selection. The service was also excellent and everyone very helpful. Although a bit pricy we had a lovely time and were off to the train on time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Brasserie !
    LouisXiV
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    i had a great experience as always. Food is great ! Service Excellent !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive
    CeciVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food here is always very good and very overpriced!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A find in a tourist area
    ChantboyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Right outside 30 Rock I figured it would be a tourist trap but it is not. Excellent French bistro fare, including a super steak tartare and oysters on the half shell, and excellent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food and servise
    FresnoDBAVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    What a dinner, good from beginning to end. Seafood plate, excellent. Cheese plate, delightful. Lamb chops very tender, Dover Sole, perfectly prepared. Coffee and cookies, spot on. Our waiter Guadalupe made the dinner perfect. Very quiet and intimate inside, exciting and vivacious outside dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful brunch.
    GalicianRoseVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is my favorite place for brunch in the city. I normally order the classic Ruhlmann salad accompanied by a glass of mimosa. This time I ordered the chocolate profiteroles for dessert, which were filled with vanilla ice cream. So tasty! The service was phenomenal, as always. A+++
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaddt
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Outdoors was much busier and louder so we opted for indoors where is was really quite. The food was good, nothing particular to rave about - something you could easily obtain from any French restaurant in the city. Not completely sure why they have sushi? Seemed a bit random. Servers were a bit over attentive, and cared a little too much about tip, so that dragged the experience down a bit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week Review
    Southy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I went for New York Restaurant Week with three friends. The location at Rockefeller Plaza was great, especially because we were able to get a table outside. However, the portion of steak that my friend and I got was comically small. I understand that restaurant week is a special promotion, but they should've at least mentioned that it was so tiny. It was literally 6 bites of steak. The chicken dish was a bit more reasonable. The appetizer and dessert were very good though. Food was good and I can only speak for restaurant week, but don't expect much food if you're on the prix fixe menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pronto
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I went there with my boyfriend during restaurant week. Even though my chicken entree was plenty for me and very good, the steak entree was very very small for my boyfriend. He is not a hugh eater, but his plate was not quite a meal. If there were more of the vegetables on the dish, I'm sure that would have made a big difference. Other then this, the rest of the meal was very nice and fulfilling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Outdoor Dining
    virginiadiner14
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful outdoor dinner overlooking Rockefeller Center plaza. Pleasant service and interesting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Excellent
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took my daughter there for her 24th birthday. We sat inside and the we were able to have a conversation as the restuarant was not noisey at all, this is great when dining with family and friends, you are able to have a conversation. The waiter was very accomodating and made sure we did not have to sit a long time waiting for service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoaquinManuelVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Best outdoor dining around, consistently excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb as always
    baguette
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Brasserie Ruhlmann is never a disappointment. Food is excellent, the Rhubarb desert was outstanding, Service is attentive but not intrusive. Best of all if one goes on Thursdays they have "Lapin au Moutarde" (Rabbit in Mustard sauce) That dish is worth a trip to New York City from up state. Not expensive and great mid-town location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally disappointing.
    remcookVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I have been here before and liked it. This time was the opposite. There was margarine instead of butter for hard cold rolls. When I complained, nothing was done. This was Restaurant Week, and the prix fixe menu, for $ 38, was also the Restaurant Week menu-- that does not seem right. The cold tomato soup was okay, the chicken was dry, the mussels (we were 3 for dinner) were shriveled. The desserts were good, however, but did not make up for the slow service and lousy food. I won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    CeciVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food and ambience here is always very good. Consider rotating specials a bit more, and try to have a more extensive bar food menu. The staff is always pleasant although can be a bit overworked during peak meal times.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Bobwelldone51
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Delicious lunch and great service and nice and cool on a hot summer day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Visit
    Foodforfun
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I enjoyed a nice business lunch. Food was delicious and the drink was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great every time!
    peterwVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Brasserie Ruhlmann is one of my favorite place in all of NYC! Its unparalleled location on Rock Center only adds to how great the food, service, ambiance and overall experience is to begin with. And if the weather cooperates, eating outside makes it even more special!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding All Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We dined prior to a show at Radio City, perfect location. The dinner was perfect from start to finish. The onion soup was the best I have eaten in 20+ years and the Hangar steak was delicious. Since we had time before the show we lounged and had a plate of delicious cookies (includes more than cookies) and an espresso for a great end to the meal. Service was spot on. The only difficulty is shimmying to your table if you are sitting outside. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not go back
    NatasiaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The place was completely empty. We ordered wine and had to return the wine twice due to an intense amount of white napkin remnants on the glass from hand drying them. There was literally fuzz everywhere in the glass, the wine, EVERYWHERE. The food was OK, however, I was served the wrong sushi roll (I didn't say anything after returning the wine twice). Will never go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This restaurant was a pleasant surprise considering it was located at Rockefeller Center. The outdoor seating was excellent and the food was very good. The wine list was also very good. He was a very nice way to spend time outside for lunch.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    CeciVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    You definitely pay for the ambience here. If you don't mind that, this is one of the best brasseries in NYC and the owners and senior staff and exceptionally nice people.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • see below
    ecll
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    due to the incident below I will not review, would rather not say something negative
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch.
    NewYorkSouthernBelle
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The restaurant gets pretty packed, especially during lunch times. Be sure to make a reservation before heading over!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • flipflops8VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Beautiful terrace and great food. Had the tuna tartare and crab cakes - both were wonderful. As always, the service was outstanding and knowledgeable - our server recommended wine to me and my friend - both of us loved the selections.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    JMDine
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The service is incredible (Doco extremely knowledgeable and as professional as they come) and the food was remarkable (14oz NY Strip is like none other). Great wine selection as well, w expert wine recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimmy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Extremelly disapointing beef tartare literally covered in vinegar and Worcestershire sauce making it look dark brown rather than redish. Very different from the one we had several months ago... They might have changed Chef (?). The terrace and its scenic views of the Rockfeller complex partially offsets the poor quality in the plate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was not good, fish was both overlooked and tough but mushy. Cheese puff was raw and spongy. Chicken was dry, burger was inedible. Good view but skip the food and enjoy the view from the bench on the street
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best for quick exec lunch
    UptownScribeVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The kitchen turns over salads very quickly for all the slender female and male executives conducting business within 60 minutes. The waiters try to keep up but I did have to wave to get their attention a couple of times. The good thing is they don't interrupt conversations to ask vapid questions like how I'm enjoying the frisee.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday in the city
    Kibbster
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Four friends and I made our reservation in the morning as we were heading into NYC. We thought the menu looked inviting, and the location was ideal because we were to meet at Rockefeller Plaza at the end of the day. We found the food to be excellent and the service superb. Our meal at Brasserie Ruhlmann was the perfect ending for what had been a beautiful day in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    An amazing terrasse, great food, what else! One of the best restaurant mid-town, with a great staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice outdoor dining
    WifsieVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We had perfect weather for dining outside and it was great to be able to do so at Rockefeller Center. The food was good but nothing to write home about; the service was fine. Nice steak and frites with bearnaise sauce, nice California rolls, portions on the small side. Be warned that for $11 or more per glass you will only really get 1/2 glass of wine. Overall a pleasant outdoor dining experience but I wouldn't come back to eat indoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    Cambridge
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The beet & grapefruit salad was outstanding. The staff were solicitous without being intrusive. We had a leisurely, romantic lunch without ever feeling rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful experience!
    DGct
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I made dinner reservations for 5 people at 6:00 pm. Two of my guest were late and I informed the waitress. She was fine with it and did not make me uncomfy. The specials were wonderful! The whole staff were attentive and courteous and never made us feel rushed. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this restaurant...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vibe
    CapitolHillVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Brasserie Ruhlmann really came through for us. We had a front row seat on the Rockefeller Center action, wonderful service and tasty food. Mussels were served in a cast iron pot---a large portion, with excellent broth and crispy frites. My husband declared his hanger steak as good as any he had in Paris. Ruhlmann is a good choice for that bastling locale.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in midtown
    Cchriscap
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Wonderful food and great atmosphere in the heart of NYC. Emily was a wonderful hostess and Ismael was over the top server. Wine list and onion soup just like being in Paris!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I have eaten at Brasserie Ruhlmann previously and had a wonderful experience. This time we ate on the patio. The experience this time was equally as good. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding. The location is very convenient.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had higher hopes for brunch. I can say that i've had better tasting food for cheaper. My mom & i order the special for mothers day which was a filet mignon with eggs, potatoes & spinach. Steak has no flavor at all. Potatoes were overcooked and dry. For $45 a plate it should have been much better. The outdoor seating was nice and the location is nice as well but the quality of the food is most important and that was a C- at best. We were so hungry that we didnt feel like going through the wait to send it back to order something else. Oh another comment we ordered blueberry pancakes for my daughter, there was no blueberrys in side and maybe 3 mixed in with the strawberry compote they put on top. That is not blueberry pancakes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Great location with super people watching. Service was attentive and unobtrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 71 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 750 reviews are from the Brasserie Ruhlmann reviews archive.
  • Excellent!
    Madison
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great atmosphere in a great location, delicious food and cocktails and very professional attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.